Waking Up From My Bikemare

If you haven’t been following this dancer’s athletic challenges, you really should. She has a wonderful sense of humor and is a great person!

IronFat

Those of you who have been following the blog for a while know that getting a bike that I can ride for triathlons and, ultimately, my IM has been an ongoing bikemare. First a friend gifted me a mountain bike which I named Clyde that I soon had to get out of jail.  Then it turned out that the Mountain Bike didn’t fit me (to the tune of kicking myself in the stomach over 20,0000 times) My coach finally found a road bike that would work for me and my beautiful Jamis Ventura Race Femme was shipped from Austin.

Large box containing a bike at my front door Came home to my new bike at the door!

Then the real “fun” began.

I have short legs, short arms, a very long torso and a big stomach and, apparently, this makes being fit on the bike difficult.  I took my bike to a local bike shop to get…

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Is intuitive eating enough? Inner capacities vs. outer food cues

This is an excellent blog to read! In this post the author brings up some good points in relation to environmental cues affecting our ability to eat intuitively and mindfully.

Fit Is a Feminist Issue

This week I was at a conference at the University of Texas at Dallas on Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology. One of the many nice things about academia is that there’s a group for just about any subtopic of interest, and an annual conference to go along with it. Going to one of these types of small, specialty conferences is kind of like dropping in on someone else’s party, already in progress. However, the host Matthew Brown was very welcoming, and the partygoers were interesting and fun. I knew a few of them already (hi Shari and Dan!), and made some new friends (one of whom may be blogging here soon!)

My reason for being there was to give a talk on public health and Health at Every Size (HAES) approaches to body weight. HAES endorses a view of health that includes three key parts:

  • weight acceptance (instead…

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Dressing for the Body You Have

Dances With Fat

The Body You HaveThis sign was posted on the window of a Social Services office.  We’ll get to that in a minute.  But first, awesome activist Crystal Vasquez e-mailed to inquire as to just what the sam hill they were thinking, and received this treasure of a response (posted with her permission, of course)

Ms Vasquez, Thank you so much for your correspondence. I am truly sorry if you were offended and/or inferred that a sign encouraging people to dress appropriately was directed at a particular group, or individual, in any way. I assure you it was not, nor do we want any client to dress in less clothing (“skinny” or “fat”) than another for any reason. We want all who visit our agency to feel welcome. Our concern is as much for underdressed individuals, no matter what size or shape, as it is for those who are subjected to the inappropriate (sometimes…

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Five foods never to eat

In light of all the food banning posts going around this author decided to make a funny jab at it all!

Rocking the Homestead

Some foods are bad for you. You should never eat anything that is bad for you. Everything you eat should provide nothing but nutritional excellence. Sadly, our system makes it really hard to tell which foods provide nutritional excellence and which ones will cause you to suffer a slow and painful death, followed by an eternity writhing in the bowels of hell as punishment for your poor food choices. That’s where I, a person with next to no medical training (I did do a few years studying pre health care in undergrad before determining I don’t want to work in the medical field, though) come in to tell you what is and isn’t safe to eat, so that you might live for eternity and look like a supermodel the whole time, because everyone knows that if you just eat perfectly nothing bad can ever happen to you, and you will…

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